What’s it like to work at Safe? Pt 1: Innovation Daze
In 1948, 3M started offering a fun job perk: employees were to spend 85% of their time doing assigned work, and 15% doing something innovative of their own choosing. The ideas explored during this 15% time resulted in a cure for polio. *checks notes* Wait, sorry, it resulted in the invention of the Post-It Note. […]
Minecraft and Geospatial: Get Your Data Noticed (Infographic)
Why do we keep mentioning Minecraft? What is it, and why is everyone—from kids to geo professionals—using it? Though the game of Minecraft is a simple concept, it holds unparalleled abilities to generate public interest and get important data shared quickly and cheaply across the globe. If you’re not already leveraging the power of Minecraft […]
Geospatial Education and Minecraft: Niagara Falls
Students in Niagara College’s GIS – Geospatial Management program have a great opportunity – to work on a year-long thesis project, collaborating with real employers to design and implement a real-world GIS project. This year, one of those projects was put forth by Geospatial Niagara founder and CEO Darren Platakis. He’d seen various Minecraft initiatives […]
How Far Would You Go? The Geography of Football Stadiums
On any given weekend, tens of thousands of passionate football fans hit the road to follow their team. While I can’t tell you exactly how many supporters travel to every one of their teams away games, I can tell you very accurately how far they have to go.
How to Load Data into AWS Aurora
AWS Aurora was made generally available this week. Aurora is an exciting piece of technology—the RDBMS effectively re-engineered from the ground up—providing exceptional performance for high-traffic databases at a comparatively low cost. Read more about it on the AWS blog. Below we’ll focus on how to migrate your existing data into Aurora. Amazon has some documentation for migrating an existing MySQL […]
Norway Minecraft Project Paves the Way to Open Data in the Cloud
What started out as a fun project in support of kids at an annual Hackathon event quickly turned into a real-world test bed for an upcoming cloud-based open data portal rollout – and changed the way they work.
Advanced 3D Worlds with ArcGIS Data Interoperability
I think we can all agree that 3D is quickly becoming a dominant data type. Drones and LiDAR scanners are widespread. 3D cameras and printing are all the rage at tech fairs these days. Augmented reality is… well, a reality. And don’t even get me started on what people are doing with Minecraft. Esri users looking to […]
ArcGIS Data Interoperability: 6 ways to use this Esri extension
There’s a reason Esri has the dominant share of the GIS industry. ArcGIS is to geo geeks what Photoshop is to a hipster with a Nikon. But here’s the thing: hundreds—thousands—of data formats exist, each tailored to represent data in a specialized way, and ArcGIS natively supports only a handful. Without a way to get […]
Arkansas’ Open Data: An ROI Case for the Cloud
The Arkansas GIS Office migrates their Open Data portal to the cloud, and the upsides are measurable – in technological advantages and many, many dollars saved.
Code Smell and FME Golf
I was recently asked about what guidelines there are for authoring workspaces in FME.
I can tell you what makes a workspace good, but it’s perhaps a little harder to say what makes a workspace bad. If a workspace runs to completion, and produces the output you want, it can’t be bad… can it?
Let me introduce you to the concept of Code Smell!